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On Those New York Knicks Fans At Sunday's Atlanta Hawks Game

Yes, last night at Philips Arena there were many supporters of the New York Knicks. This is nothing new. Any time a popular team or player is in town, their fans come out and fearlessly root for their team. For some reason, this fascinated the national media last night even more than it usually does. ESPN's broadcasters went silent at one point for about 10 seconds to let the Knicks cheers ring out, returning with a "Wow."

Hours after the game, ESPN was still talking about the many Knicks fans in the arena, though they were quick to point out Hawks fans formed the majority. It was a slow sports news night other than Chris Paul's injury, but you'd think they'd be used to this phenomenon by now.

Atlanta is a transplant city. For some reason, whenever we say this, it's treated as an excuse for God knows what. But it's true. Many New Yorkers have decided they'd rather live in Atlanta than in New York, which seems like a very wise decision, wouldn't you agree? They bring their fan allegiances with them, and America's sports melting pot gets even meltier.

Sure, I'd prefer to see my team having 100 percent of the crowd at its back at all times. But sooner or later we're going to have to embrace what's unique about Atlanta as a sports town. We're great because we have many, many fans of every team. 

Look at it this way: if everyone in your town roots for the same team, that means your town has not attracted very many people from other cities.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.